03 Nov 2013 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 03 NOV (NAMPA) - The Namibian Government on Saturday donated a house to the first President of the Republic of Zambia Dr. David Kenneth Kaunda.
The house is situated behind St George's Diocesan School in Windhoek. The exact value of the house is not known, but unofficial information have it that it is worth about N.dollars 13 million.
Speaking at the official handing over of the house to the 98-year-old Kaunda, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said Kaunda is a true Pan-Africanist in action.
We are here to officially hand over this house to His Excellency Dr. Kenneth Kaunda as a token of our deep gratitude and appreciation for what he has done for Africa in general and for Namibia in particular.
This is simply to say to you, Your Excellency, that Namibia is your second home and you are always welcome, Pohamba said.
He thanked Kaunda for his personal and his countrys contribution to the continent and her people, especially to the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Pohamba said the Zambian people, under the leadership of Kaunda, went beyond their national interests, and offered to host African national liberation movements, including the South West Africa Peoples Organisation (Swapo) of Namibia, immediately after Zambias independence in 1964.
Zambia embraced and extended hospitality to many exiled citizens of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), South Africa, Angola, Mozambique and Namibia at great cost.
This led to many sacrifices in the form of human lives and destruction of the economic infrastructure as a result of military acts of aggression and destabilisation by the apartheid regime of South Africa and the colonial forces of Southern Rhodesia, Pohamba noted.
He said Namibia had benefited immensely from the solidarity of the people of Zambia.
We shall never forget that we gained our freedom and independence through the unwavering solidarity and support we got from Zambia and other front line States, which provided a rear base to us during the difficult days of our struggle for freedom and independence, and became our home away from home, he pointed out.
Zambia was not only the home of freedom fighters, but also provided political leadership by availing some of its distinguished sons and daughters such as Rupia Banda (former president), Guendoline Conny, Paul Lusaka and General Peter Zuse, who served as presidents of the United Nations Council for Namibia, said the Namibian leader.
Zambia was also home to the UN Commission for Namibia, which extended vital support to exiled Namibians.
Pohamba added that Zambia equally opened up its universities, colleges and other academic institutions for the education and training of many young Namibians to be ready to serve as administrators and managers of an independent Namibia.
The Founding President and Father of the Namibian Nation, Dr. Sam Nujoma and other Zambian nationals also witnessed the handing-over event.
Meanwhile, the City of Windhoek has announced that it will honour Kaunda, by renaming Uhland Street after him.
The renaming ceremony will take place on Monday in the presence of Kaunda, Pohamba and Windhoek Mayor Agnes Kafula.